A News story by Ellena Schuster-Farrell 2 July 2018

Last month, lucky Year 4 pupils from Mansfield Green E-ACT Academy were invited to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to meet the famous Dippy the dinosaur on his tour of the UK. The 32m long replica of fossilised diplodocus bones arrived in Birmingham at the end of May, and pupils from Mansfield Green were given a private viewing before the exhibition’s official opening.

Here, pupils Abdullah, Faisa and Zowda tell us about the amazing experience in their own words.

Abdullah

We got to be the first children in Birmingham to see Dippy at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and it was amazing.  We were invited to the museum because we had our own exhibition at our academy last term, and the Birmingham Museum helped us to plan it.

I’ve been to the Birmingham Museum and art gallery a few times – you can see exhibitions on ancient Egyptians, ancient Greeks and Romans and even an exhibition on modern day Birmingham and Birmingham in the past. It’s really cool.

We did some research on diplodocuses on our Chrome books in the academy before we went to see Dippy, so we knew lots about him.  Dippy was dug up in North America more than one hundred years ago, then somebody called Carnegie found him and put him in a museum. But the Dippy that we went to see wasn’t the same skeleton that was dug up, this Dippy is a model made out of plaster of Paris.

I felt really shocked when we walked into the room and saw Dippy. He is a fully grown adult dinosaur and I was amazed because he was so long. He was even bigger than a bus!

I love dinosaurs, my favourite kind is the giganotosaurus because it was even bigger than the tyrannosaurus rex.

Faisa

When we got to the museum, we had to wait a little while. Then someone showed us into the room in pairs. I felt amazed when I walked into the room and saw Dippy, I thought it was a dream! He was so big that I couldn’t believe he was actually there.

All my friends were saying, “Wow! That’s Dippy?!”

We couldn’t believe how big his tail was. It was so long that if it was able to move it would have knocked us all over. At the museum, I learned that scientists believe that Dippy used his super long tail to whip enemies and scare them away.

I also saw lots of different birds and learned more about dinosaurs. It was really funny because there was a sign next to one of the dinosaurs saying, “Don’t touch, it will bite!”

I think Dippy the dinosaur looked friendly. But it was a good thing he was an herbivore, otherwise he might have eaten us…

Zowda

I had a really important job on the day: I had to help finish putting Dippy together by putting his last toe in the right place!

I’ve never seen anything as big as Dippy before. When we walked into the room I felt shocked and amazed because Dippy was humungous. He was nearly the size of the whole exhibition hall.

I’d learnt about dinosaurs in Year 2 and I learned even more when we went to the museum because there were facts about Dippy painted all over the walls. I learned that the diplodocus lived in the Jurassic period and the tyrannosaurus rex lived in the Cretaceous period, so Dippy would have been safe from being hunted by a t-rex.

When I grow up I want to be a doctor, but not a dinosaur doctor because they’re all extinct!

Here’s Headteacher Karen Horne on the importance of offering her pupils the opportunity to learn around their curriculum by engaging in exciting experiences.

“It’s so important that we widen our pupils’ interests with a broad, balanced and rich curriculum. These first hand visits not only add to the provision, but also deepen children’s understanding and give them rich experiences to talk about. We have children who may not have visited a museum before and that is why it is so important that we provide such exciting opportunities.” Karen Horne, Headteacher